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The genesis of Helensburgh?

A DESIGNED Landscape by William Boutcher dated to 1732 has recently been recognised on the slope of Tom na h-Airidh to the north of Helensburgh.

The question is — is Boutcher’s designed landscape the genesis of Helensburgh's grid plan layout?

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:26 )


Memories of outdoor swimming

OLD photographs of Helensburgh Swimming Pool bring the memories flooding back of swimming before and after the arrival of the outdoor pool.

I recall how central a part the pool and club played in the lives of many local children.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 18:09 )

Burgh hosts Jutland centenary event

HELENSBURGH will host a major centenary commemoration of the famous World War One naval Battle of Jutland on Saturday May 14.

Now the search is on for stories of local involvement in the famous battle, and it is hoped to stage a one-day exhibition of First World War artefacts and hold a parade through the town and a drumhead service.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:32 )

Scottish Minister grew up in burgh

SCOTLAND’S Minister for Local Goverment and Community Empowerment, a guest at the opening of Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on March 1 2016, surprised many with his local connections.

Marco Biagi MSP revealed that he was a former Hermitage Academy pupil and that his parents ran the Sun Chip Shop at the corner of East King Street and Sinclair Street for many years.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 March 2016 22:56 )

Happy marriage at new Civic Centre

THE NEW Helensburgh Civic Centre incorporates a splendid state of the art Marriage Room which has already hosted its first wedding . . .

But the two-part building itself is also an excellent ‘marriage’ of old and new architecture which is already much admired.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 March 2016 17:54 )

The story of St Columba Church

THE roots of Helensburgh’s now closed St Columba Church sprang from a group of Dissenters who met fortnightly in the Baths Hotel for Sunday worship, often with a visiting minister.

The hotel was owned by a prominent member of the group, Mrs Margaret Bell, widow of Henry Bell, first Provost of Helensburgh and pioneer of steam navigation. On other Sundays the group travelled to Dumbarton.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:32 )

Provost was photography pioneer

A HELENSBURGH Provost was one of the pioneers of commercial photography for half of the 19th century.

And to this day his stylish pictures of people of the past sell well to collectors on Ebay.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:24 )

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Next Open Meeting

luss-slateThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday November 30 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. Ian MacEachern will talk about the Luss Slate Quarries.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation